- According to Franklin Cudjoe, the boss should leave the commission because millions of Ghanaians do not trust her
- He said he preferred her when she had not taken the job
- Adding that, he believes her competence is in CSO work
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President and founder of IMANI Africa, Franklin Cudjoe, has urged the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC) to abdicate her post after the 2020 election petition hearing.
According to him, Jean Mensa, who is the returning officer of the December 2020 presidential elections, lacks the competence to lead the country’s election management body.
“If I were the EC, I'd resign after this court hearing,” he stated in a Facebook post on Wednesday, February 3, 2021.
Cudjoe explained: “It is not healthy to be distrusted by millions of Ghanaians and be guarded by loads of soldiers each time they are going to work.”
“Frankly, I was wrong. My own former boss at the IEA isn't cut out for the EC job,” he added.
Meanwhile, the Supreme Court dismissed an application filed by John Mahama to inspect some pink sheets in possession of the Commission.
According to Mahama, the petitioner in the election petition trial, he needs to inspect the EC’s (first respondent) pink sheets for comparison.
But in its ruling, the Court stated that the applicant already has the documents he was requesting, thus dismissing the application.
The presidential candidate of the NDC in the 2020 elections rejected the outcome of the polls.
According to him, the elections were rigged in favour of the president, and that per data available to him “there was no winner” in the elections.
He has since filed a petition before the Supreme Court, calling for a rerun to be ordered between him and President Akufo-Addo.
Akufo-Addo defeated Mahama in the election to secure another four-year term; collecting 51.302% of the votes cast against the latter’s 47.359%.
The votes difference between the two candidates stood at 517, 231, representing a four percentage point, one of the highest since 1996.
In a related development, Tsatsu Tsikata is set to produce another witness in the ongoing trial at the Supreme Court.
The lawyer for Mahama informed the court of his decision on Wednesday, February 3, 2021.
Tsikata’s disclosure comes on the back of the dismissal of the application by Mahama seeking to inspect some six documents of the Electoral Commission, the first respondent in the case.
He requested an in-camera meeting with the seven-member panel hearing the case to discuss the potential witness that he will be producing, explaining that it bothers on “confidentiality.”
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